Jude Bellingham risks fine by saying referee "match fixed before" after loss

Jude Bellingham slammed referee Felix Zwayer by mentioning his previous history of “match-fixing” following Borussia Dortmund’s 3-2 defeat to Bayern Munich on Saturday night.

Title rivals Bayern extended their lead atop the Bundesliga table to four points after the official awarded them a penalty with the score tied at 2-2 in the 77th minute.

The visitors ended up converting the spot-kick courtesy of Robert Lewandowski, which proved to be the crucial match-decider.

But 18-year-old England starlet Bellingham was incensed at Zwayer’s decision to give the penalty after veteran defender Mats Hummels appeared to clumsily handle the ball in the area.

Dortmund’s fans, players and manager all furiously protested the decision, with head coach Marco Rose even being sent off for dissent.

And Bellingham, who assisted both of Dortmund’s goals, refused to hold back in his post-match interview by lashing out at referee Zwayer.

When asked whether a penalty should have been awarded, Bellingham said: “Well, for me it wasn’t, you know.

“He [Hummels] is not even looking at the ball and he’s fighting to get it. It hits him and I don’t even think he’s looking at the ball.

“You can look at a lot of the decisions in the game you know. You give a referee that’s match fixed before the biggest game in Germany.

“What do you expect?”

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Bellingham’s comments refer to Zwayer’s involvement in a match-fixing scandal in 2005, where he was handed a six-month suspension for accepting bribes.

Zwayer had a difficult evening as Dortmund opened the scoring with a Julian Brandt finish in the fifth minute, but were level again almost immediately after former player Lewandowski’s goal.

Kingsley Coman and Erling Haaland then netted for either side as Dortmund rued several contentious decisions by the referee.

Dortmund captain Marco Reus also claimed the home side should have had a penalty after a Lucas Hernandez challenge on him in the area went unpunished.

When asked if it should have been awarded, Reus replied: “Oh yes, oh yes.”

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